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Game #4543

Saturday, 5 December 1998

Attendance: 39,241


Premier League

1st= (-)

Manchester United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Villa Park

Villa record successive draws as they are held at home by Manchester United to remain joint top of the Premier League table.

Aston Villa


Manchester United

Assist(s) | Dion Dublin | 55โ€™ |


Julian Joachim, equalise to make it three goals in two games, Saturday, 5 December 1998.




๐Ÿ•’ | HT Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester United
๐Ÿฅ… | 47โ€™ Goal, 1-0, (Manchester United), Paul Scholes
โšฝ | 55โ€™ Goal, 1-1 Julian Joachim, Assist by Dion Dublin
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United

๐ŸŸจ | Booking, Ugo Ehiogu


Former Villa forward Dwight Yorke faced Villa for the first time since forcing his move away from the club early in the season.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Manchester United

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1996-97


Manchester United

Previous 5 vs. United: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸฅ


Season | 1998-99 |
Matchday | #20 |
League Game | #15 |
Manager Game | #33 |
Saturday, 5 December 1998


Manager: John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Scunthorpe, 1998-2002
Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Referee: Mike Riley | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Leeds, 1994-2009
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸจ 10 Jan 98, Villa 1-1 Leicester (h)
Cards: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ




Manchester United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Mike Riley


Alan Thompson returns after a four game absence in place of Paul Merson.


Starting XI Average Age
| 25.46 |

Oldest Player |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 30.52 |

Youngest Player |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 17.79 |



John Gregory | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Alex Ferguson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Michael Oakes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Steve Watson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Gareth Southgate | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Ugo Ehiogu | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Alan Wright | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Alan Thompson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ian Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Lee Hendrie | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Gareth Barry | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Dion Dublin | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ”ฅ |
CF Julian Joachim | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |

Manchester United

GK Peter Schmeichel | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
LB Denis Irwin | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Jaap Stam | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Wes Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Gary Neville | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Jesper Blomqvist | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
M Roy Keane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
M Paul Scholes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |
W David Beckham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Andrew Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Dwight Yorke (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น | ๐ŸŸจ |


No Substitutions Made


๐Ÿ” | M Jesper Blomqvist | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | (W Ryan Giggs | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |)
๐Ÿ” | CF Andrew Cole | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | (M Nicky Butt | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |)


GK Adam Rachel | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Aaron Lescott | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Simon Grayson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Fabio Ferraresi | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |
CF Darius Vassell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Raimond Van Der Gouw | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
CB Ronny Johnsen | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
CF Teddy Sheringham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 15/16



1st XI:
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 5/11

Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/16



Not recorded


Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Not recorded


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"Itโ€™s satisfying knowing that we should have beaten Manchester United.โ€

Steve Harrison, Villa assistant manager.

*The Guardian*
Saturday, 5 December 1998

*Summit overshadowed by Europe*

A breakaway European league, sufficient unto itself, would have reduced the Premier League to a mere cipher. The threat will finally disappear this week if the clubs give their backing to Uefaโ€™s proposed expansion of the Champions League, but it is still hard to avoid the feeling that beneath the Premiershipโ€™s feet the earth is about to tremble.

Saturdayโ€™s match at Villa Park may, worryingly, have been the shape of things to come. It was billed as a climactic confrontation between the team that had led the league for three months, Aston Villa, and Manchester United. New pretenders against seasoned contenders, how could the occasion fail?

The reality was that as summits go this match was about as intoxicating as high tea with buttered scones, satisfying up to a point but hardly a feast of footballing fervour. And one of the reasons for the lowness of the key in which much of the game was pitched had to be the fact that on Wednesday United are playing Bayern Munich in a decisive Champions League fixture.

Make no mistake, Alex Ferguson wanted to win at Villa Park. He fielded the side which will almost certainly start against Bayern and his team scented victory after Paul Scholes had given them the lead at the start of the second half, but once Julian Joachim had scored for Villa prudence prevailed.

A draw away from home against the league leaders was always going to be a satisfying result for United, who if Villa lose at Chelsea on Wednesday could go top at Tottenham on Saturday since Arsenal do not visit Villa Park until the following afternoon.

Yet, even if one accepted the replacement of Andy Cole by Nicky Butt as a logical move to prevent Alan Thompson, Ian Taylor and Lee Hendrie sweeping Villa to victory, the lasting impression of United was of a team with one eye on the tachometer, checking the revs.

Unitedโ€™s performance was as patient and possessive as it will need to be on Wednesday night and to that extent this was a useful rehearsal. The Premiership should not be a backstage drama but since the new Champions League will involve teams playing up to 17 matches it may well become one, particularly during the two group phases.

The considerable strength of the United squad already gives Ferguson the power of a general capable of conducting simultaneous campaigns with armies of comparable strength. The United team Spurs encounter this weekend will be rather different to the side they knocked out of the Worthington Cup last Wednesday.

Of the other championship contenders only Chelsea have remotely comparable options and a lack of depth may soon be Aston Villaโ€™s undoing. Here, while Ferguson could afford to give Ryan Giggs, newly recovered from a hamstring injury, some match practice in the second half and at the same time rest Jesper Blomqvist, John Gregory had no serious alternatives as potential match-winners.

Suspension following collywobbles had again deprived Villa of the maverick talents of Stan Collymore but the absence of Paul Merson with a back injury was more fundamental to their failure to exploit a growing territorial superiority in the latter part of the match. While Jaap Stam had an excellent game against Dion Dublin the quality of Mersonโ€™s crosses would surely have given the Manchester United centre-back a more testing afternoon.

Stam found it harder to cope with the speed and industry of Julian Joachim but again it needed the subtlety of angle which Merson brings to his passes to make the advantage tell. As it was Joachim, despite his three goals in two games as Collymoreโ€™s stand-in, is essentially a worker bee without a regular sting. Several times his poor first touch let him down in scoring situations.

The goal Joachim did get was a slick piece of opportunism which punished Stam and Gary Neville for their failure to close the striker down after Dublinโ€™s chest had laid the ball off some 20 yards from goal. Even then Peter Schmeichel would probably have saved Joachimโ€™s shot had it not taken a steep deflection off Denis Irwin.

Until then Schmeichel had had little to do and when Scholes opened the second half by scoring through the legs of Michael Oakes, the Villa goalkeeper having palmed out an excellent low centre from Cole, a change of Premiership leader beckoned. But Joachimโ€™s equaliser revitalised Aston Villa and the United goalkeeper was well beaten just past the hour when Thompsonโ€™s rocket of a free-kick rebounded fiercely from a post.

There was enough passion in Unitedโ€™s mood for Dwight Yorke to mark a generally subdued return to old haunts by getting himself booked for protesting, with justification, that he had been wrongly flagged offside.

In almost the same breath the referee Mike Riley then cautioned Irwin for a foul after the Irishman had won the ball. Not that any of this disturbed the air of sanguineness which Ferguson and his players wore all afternoon.

Steve Harrison, the Aston Villa coach, consoled himself with the thought that โ€œitโ€™s satisfying knowing that we should have beaten Manchester Unitedโ€.